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"I've got this beautiful panoramic three-dimensional painting of Mars based on Martian photos. It's 30 feet wide. You can pick out every pebble on the Martian landscape. And who'd have dreamed you could do that?"
- Arthur C. Clarke

Minovsky Particles  
  A custom-generated subatomic particle with many technological applications.  

"M" particles are generated as a side effect of a compact thermonuclear reactor, and results in a new field of science in the Gundam setting. This particle allows the development of particle beam weapons, force fields, and a new form of hovercraft. The particles also have major ramifications on other technologies:

...The Minovsky particle has near-zero rest mass, and either a positive or negative electrical charge. When these particles are scattered in the air or in open space, they disrupt low-frequency electromagnetic radiation like microwaves and radio waves, and interfere with the operations of electronic circuitry. This phenomenon renders radar detection and long-range wireless communication useless, and requires the installation of bulky and expensive shielding on all electronic equipment, ruling out the use of precision guided weapons. The military use of Minovsky particles thus ushers in a new era of close-range combat.
(Background Info: Glossary of Terms)
From Mobile Suit Gundam, by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Published by Sunrise in 1979
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